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Update: Philly police say exploding package was 'device'

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2016 8:35 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says a package that exploded in an apartment included an "actual device'' that was meant to injure.

Federal agents early today were helping the city's bomb squad investigate the package that injured the 62-year-old Center City man about 4:00 a.m.

He had received the package Monday evening and opened it early this morning believing it contained an inhaler or other type of medicine.

Ross says that although the package was "target specific,'' investigators don't consider it an act of terrorism.

It wasn't immediately clear if police know or suspect who sent the package, or why.

Details about the device were not immediately available.

The victim has been taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he's in stable condition with injuries to his chest and hands.

Earlier version of this story:

(Philadelphia) -- A man is in stable condition after a package exploded in the kitchen of his Philadelphia apartment.

The 62-year-old sustained injuries to his hands and chest in the blast, which occurred around 4:00 a.m. today, when he opened the package.

It was delivered on Monday.

Police Chief Inspector Scott Small says investigators don't know whether it was a bomb or an accidental explosion from medication in the package.

Small says there were no threats before or after the blast.

Damage was confined to the kitchen.

Ten people were evacuated from nearby apartments as a precaution, but they were allowed to return after the bomb squad cleared other packages. 

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